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The Cure's Robert Smith Says a New Album Is Coming in Time for Rock Hall Induction

https://www.billboard.com/files/styles/promo_225/public/media/robert-smith-the-cure-portrait-billboard-1548.jpg On Thursday morning (Dec. 13), news broke that The Cure will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year. Lead singer and co-founder Robert Smith called in to the SiriusXM Volume “Feedback” morning show to share some other great news. “Seeing all these new bands—I’ve listened to some of these bands and met so many of them that it’s kind of inspired me to do something new,” he said. “So, yes, we’re going in about six weeks time to finish off what will be our first album in more than a decade. It’s very exciting times for …

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Mom Embarrasses Her Son by Publicly Jamming to Kelly Clarkson: Watch

https://www.billboard.com/files/styles/promo_225/public/media/kelly-clarkson-2018-uh-billboard-u-1548.jpg If it’s one thing moms do best, it’s knowing how to embarrass their kids.  In a viral video from the “fan cam” at a University of Maryland basketball game, Mandy Remmell is full-blown rocking out to Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone,” complete with dance moves and lip syncing into her iPhone. Her 10-year-old son, Blake, is visibly mortified, pushing his mom away and covering his face with his sweatshirt. “I was like, I love Kelly Clarkson, so I started singing and then, all the sudden we noticed, oh there on us,” Remmel told Washington D.C. local news station WJLA. “So, …

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Sherman unfazed by Clark's 'era is over' talk

7:00 PM ET SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Three days after Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark declared that Richard Sherman and his era is over in Seattle, the San Francisco 49ers cornerback made it clear he wasn’t bothered by Clark’s comments, and actually went so far as to agree with the premise. Asked during his weekly Thursday media session to address the “elephant in the room,” Sherman quickly pointed out that he didn’t view Clark’s comments as a big deal. “It’s like a mouse in a room,” Sherman said. “It’s like, ‘Kids say the darnedest things.’ It didn’t bother me …

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Why Does Drake Need Kanye West's Permission to Clear 'Say What's Real'? An Explainer

https://www.billboard.com/files/styles/promo_225/public/media/drake-tour-final-stop-2018-u-billboard-1548.jpg In 2009, Drake released his celebrated mixtape So Far Gone. The tape was instantly dubbed a masterpiece because of his decision to unabashedly wear his heart on his sleeve, while also exploring his talents as a precocious rapper/singer. Not only did Drake seamlessly weave original tracks such as “Best I Ever Had” and “Successful” into the fold, but he also used other artists’ beats, such as Jay-Z’s “Ignorant Shit” and, most famously, Kanye West’s “Say You Will” (for his own “Say What’s Real”) to nimbly craft his musical offering. On Thursday (Dec. 13), Kanye West revealed on Twitter that Drake …

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Luke Bryan's Sons & Nephews Are Outdoor Adventurers in 'What Makes You Country' Music Video: Watch

https://www.billboard.com/files/styles/promo_225/public/media/luke-bryan-pandora-2017-dec-billboard-1548.jpg Luke Bryan’s favorite boys are definitely country, and he wants them to explore what that means. In his youthful video for “What Makes You Country,” the superstar’s sons, Thomas and Tatum, along with his nephews are sitting around a campfire where they reflect on their day and Bryan allows for a game of spotlight. The boys partake in a series of country fun, which includes fishing, driving ATVs, playing fetch with a dog and throwing a football around in the mud. “Step side cover down in peanut dust/Friday night spotlight, and that was us/It might not’ve been you, but I can’t …

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Julie 'Jules' Vasquez & Edward 'E-Dub' Rios Partner to Launch Joyas Musicales Imprint

https://www.billboard.com/files/styles/promo_225/public/media/Julie-Vasquez-and-E-Dub-pr-billboard-1548.jpg The hope of the new label is to discover musical gems that are unknown by providing them a platform to make music. Silent Giant Entertainment CEO and founder Edward “E-Dub” Rios and Jenni Rivera‘s former staffer Julie “Jules” Vasquez have formed Joyas Musicales, a new label aimed at developing new Latin acts with an emphasis on regional Mexican artists, the executives announced exclusively to Billboard. As creative director, Vasquez will oversee the signing and development of brands for new artists such as Jessica Ballesteros who is already attached to the new imprint. Rivera’s former executive assistant will also co-manage …

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Main suspect in Strasbourg attack killed in gun battle with police: officials

The suspected gunman who killed three people at a Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg was shot dead on Thursday in a brief gun battle with police after being on the run for 48 hours, police sources said.

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U.S. Senate hands Trump historic rebuke on Saudi Arabia

The U.S. Senate delivered a rare double rebuke to President Donald Trump on Saudi Arabia on Thursday, voting to end U.S. military support for the war in Yemen and blame the Saudi crown prince for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda & Billy Eichner Ask New Yorkers How They're Doing in Hilarious Video: Watch

https://www.billboard.com/files/styles/promo_225/public/media/Lin-Manuel-Miranda-march-2018-academy-awards-billboard-1548.jpg New York can be a rough place, and Lin-Manuel Miranda hit the Big Apple with Billy Eichner to check on the locals’ emotional wellbeing. One fan was already listening to Hamilton when the duo approached her and another one woman told Miranda she’s been entering the Hamilton lottery, but never won. “So you’re out of sight and out of mind because I’ll never ever see that show,” she snapped. “You tell him, bitch,” Eichner encouraged her. Watch the adorable episode of “Billy on the Street” below. [embedded content]

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Chargers RB Gordon (knee) won't play vs. Chiefs

7:16 PM ET Eric D. Williams KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon is inactive for Thursday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Gordon went through pregame workouts wearing a brace on his sprained right knee but could not convince Chargers coach Anthony Lynn and general manager Tom Telesco that he was healthy enough to play. The Wisconsin product will miss his third game in a row and fourth this season. After suffering the injury Nov. 25 against Arizona, Gordon sat out the Chargers’ victories this month over Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. He also …

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Russia, China abstain in U.N. vote on Syria cross-border aid

Russia and China on Thursday abstained from an annual United Nations Security Council vote to extend approval for cross-border humanitarian aid deliveries in Syria because Moscow said the four-year-old authorization was “divorced from reality.”

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Wall Street Journal: Trump inaugural committee under criminal investigation

https://cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/180824143629-15-trump-gallery-super-169.jpg The investigation was first reported by The Wall Street Journal Thursday afternoon. Citing conversations with people familiar with the investigation, which is being handled by the US Attorney’s office in Manhattan, the Journal reported that prosecutors are also looking into whether the committee accepted donations from individuals looking to gain influence in or access to the new administration. The newspaper notes that “giving money in exchange for political favors” is illegal, as is misuse of any donated funds. The committee was registered as a nonprofit. In a statement, Trump’s inaugural committee said the celebration was “in full compliance with …

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EU offers Britain some assurances over Brexit backstop

European Union leaders gave Prime Minister Theresa May assurances on Thursday that they would seek to agree a new deal with Britain by 2021 so that the contentious Irish “backstop” is never triggered.

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May urges EU to help get Brexit ‘over the line’

Britain’s weakened prime minister, Theresa May, appealed to fellow EU leaders on Thursday for concessions to help her win support in parliament next month for a deal that can smooth Britain’s exit from the European Union.

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EU leaders agreed Irish backstop should only be temporary: Austria’s Kurz

EU leaders agreed on Thursday to spell out that the “backstop” guarantee to avoid a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland should only be a temporary solution, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said.

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